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Students take new approach to sexual assault prevention

Posted on June 22nd, 2015

WATERLOO, ON - The Women’s Centre, a Federation of Students’ service at the University of Waterloo, has released an important list of actions any man or woman must take to prevent sexual assault. The list has been posted all over campus, and is drawing attention and widespread support. The coordinators of The Women’s Centre believe the simple recommendations will make a real difference in preventing sexual assault.

The list includes the following points:

  1. Carry a rape whistle. If you find you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle until someone comes to stop you.
  2. If you pull over to help a man whose car has broken down, remember not to sexually assault him.
  3. If you are alone in an elevator and a woman gets in, don’t sexually assault her.
  4. Use the buddy system. If it is difficult for you to refrain from committing sexual assault, ask a trusted friend to accompany you at all times.
  5. When you encounter someone who is asleep, the safest course of action is to not sexually assault that person.
  6. Never creep into someone’s home through an unlocked door or spring out from between parked cars to sexually assault them.
  7. Remember, people go to the laundry room to do their laundry. Don’t attempt to molest someone who is alone in the laundry room.
  8. Don’t slip drugs into someone else’s drink.
  9. Don’t rape people.

“We’re proud to have these tips around for students and visitors to the University of Waterloo to see,” said Sarah Wiley, one of the coordinators and a third-year psychology student . “It places the accountability where it should be, which is with the people who commit sexual assault and not those who are victims of it.”

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THE WOMEN’S CENTRE AND PRINCESS CINEMA DRAW ATTENTION TO SEXUAL ASSAULT WITH SCREENING OF ‘THE HUNTING GROUND’

Posted on May 19th, 2015

It’s an opportunity for discussion around a hot topic – sexual assault on post-secondary campuses. The Federation of Students’ service, The Women’s Centre, will be partnering with Princess Cinema to invite students and the public to a screening of The Hunting Ground.

A documentary that depicts the issues surrounding rape, and the reporting of rape, The Hunting Ground is sure to an eye-opener that sparks engaging conversation. “It’s important for people to consider the reality of victim blaming, and how people who report rape are treated,” said Sarah Wiley, a volunteer for The Women’s Centre and third-year psychology student at the University of Waterloo.

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THE WOMEN’S CENTRE DRAWS ATTENTION TO VICTIM BLAMING WITH THE “SLUTWALK”

Posted on May 11th, 2015

Students will be walking with purpose through the streets of Uptown Waterloo on May 13, 2015. Lead by volunteers from the Federation of Students Women’s Centre at the University of Waterloo, the group will be holding signs and rallying to raise awareness of victim blaming and slut-shaming, especially on post-secondary campuses.

Called the “Slutwalk,” the event will start at 2 p.m. and students will meet at the Student Life Centre Courtyard to create signs before marching. “The volunteers from the University of Waterloo believe this is still a widespread issue,” said Breanne Wilde, a coordinator for The Women’s Centre and fourth-year honours science major. “We want people to understand that sexual assault doesn’t have anything to do with what someone is wearing. The only person who should be held accountable is the person who commits the act.”

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FEDERATION OF STUDENTS WELCOMES THE ELIMINATION OF THE IN-STUDY INCOME LIMIT

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

When federal Finance Minister, Joe Oliver, introduced the 2015 Economic Action Plan he announced that it will eliminate the in-study income limit and protect interns.

The Federation of Students was pleased to hear this, and is eager to share its support for the change.

“We are happy to see the federal government acting on one of our recommendations,” said Stéphane Hamade, vice-president, education for the Federation Of Students. “This will help a lot of students, and especially those who are completing internships and supporting themselves.”

Students can now earn more than $100 dollars a week, while studying, without suffering any claw backs from the Canada Student Loans Program. Prior to this announcement, students could only work nine hours before a claw back occurred.

Many students hold part-time employment, and the in-study income penalty can make it difficult to estimate aid amounts for students combining school and work.

Moreover, the budget reveals that the Government will seek to amend the Canada Labour Code to ensure interns in federally regulated industries are paid, and brought under its jurisdiction.

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FEDERATION OF STUDENTS WORKS TO ENSURE STUDENT SAFETY REMAINS A TOP PRIORITY

Posted on April 21st, 2015

The Federation of Students is working to ensure the safety of students remains a top priority at the University of Waterloo. The Campus Safety Task Force, which is headed by Feds Vice President, Internal Maaz Yasin, has developed a list of recommendations for Students’ Council and the university.

“We’re proud to be a part of a university where students are able to feel safe and carefree, and work constantly to have those feelings remain. Within the document is a report of campus safety issues,” said Yasin. “These include points such as inadequacies in campus lighting, maintaining the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on Ring Road, and signage that is up-to-date and clear. I really appreciate the help of the students who were involved with the Campus Safety Task Force this term.”

According to Yasin, the document is a valuable source of feedback and ideas because it is the product of 36 months of consultations with students.

He believes it is important that undergraduates know that their concerns were heard, and steps are being taken by the student union to address all the issues.

“In the document, Feds outlines the creation of a Safety Advisory Committee,” said Yasin. “At present, there is no person or group within Feds for students to direct questions or comments regarding safety to. This would be a permanent body that handles any safety issues. Students would know where to turn to voice concerns, and changes could be made quickly.”

The document, which is available on Feds.ca, will be used by Feds to advocate on students’ behalf to the university and various levels of government.

About the Federation of Students
Since 1967, the University of Waterloo's Federation of Students has existed to serve, empower and represent the 26,000 undergraduate students of the university. The Federation of Students is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association and is charged with running the organization in compliance with Feds policies, procedures, and bylaws. For more information, please visit Feds.ca.

 

FEDERATION OF STUDENTS MARCHES IN WORLD PRIDE 2014

Posted on June 26th, 2014

It’s the one day of the year when there is no such thing as too much pride in oneself. The emotion is encouraged and celebrated with colourful floats, singing, and dancing at the annual Toronto Pride Parade. This year, the city is hosting World Pride on June 29, 2014 and the Federation of Students is marching to share the message of acceptance and inclusivity.

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MPP CANDIDATES DEBATE FOR STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

Posted on May 27th, 2014

Every vote counts in the upcoming provincial election. On May 28, 2014 the Federation of Students will be hosting a Candidate Debate from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Student Life Centre at the University of Waterloo. In the SLC Great Hall, the university community will be able to hear the platforms of the MPP candidates for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding.

“It is extremely important that students cast a ballot in the election on June 12,” said Stephane Hamade, the vice-president education for the Federation of Students. “We want them to make an informed decision, so candidates from four parties will be giving their perspectives on a number of issues including post-secondary education. Hopefully, everyone who leaves the debate will feel more knowledgeable about the issues when they vote.”

The following candidates will be present at the debate:

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STUDENTS ORGANIZE SLUTWALK UW TO END VICTIM BLAMING

Posted on March 28th, 2014

Students at the University of Waterloo don’t believe the victim is ever to blame in instances of sexual assault, and on April 2, 2014 they’ll be marching in SlutWalk UW by The Women’s Centre on campus to promote this message. A Federation of Students’ service, The Women’s Centre will be bringing students together in the SLC Courtyard at 4 p.m. before heading on the walk that will end at Uptown Waterloo.

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UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO STUDENTS LAUNCH A SPECIAL INITIATIVE FOR EARTH HOUR

Posted on March 27th, 2014

On March 29, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. undergraduates in the Student Life Centre Great Hall at the University of Waterloo will be immersed in darkness. In this crowd, no one will be afraid when the lights go out because it’s Earth Hour, which is being hosted by the Federation of Students’ Sustainable Campus Initiative.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and has become a global movement encouraging positive change for the environment. The purpose of turning off the lights for 60 minutes is to reduce the impact a person or organization has on the environment.

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FEDS’ GLOW CENTRE FOR SEXUAL AND GENDER DIVERSITY HOSTS PRIDE HOUSE DURING OLYMPICS

Posted on February 4th, 2014

Controversy over the treatment of queer athletes is still surrounding the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. To show support for LGBTQQ+ participants and contribute to efforts to ignite social change in Russia, the Federation of Students’ Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity will be hosting a Pride House on February 6-7, 2014. The Glow Pride House will occur from 10 p.m. on February 6 to 10 p.m. on February 7 in the Student Life Centre Great Hall at the University of Waterloo campus.

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FEDS USED BOOKS LAUNCHES MOBILE APP WITH CONSIGNMENT LINK

Posted on November 14th, 2013

With the press of a button, students at the University of Waterloo will be able to discover how much money they’d make by selling a textbook. Feds Used Books, which is the on-campus used bookstore owned and operated by the Federation of Students, has developed an app that is compatible with smartphones. Students can download the app by visiting iTunes or Google Play app stores on their smartphone or the Feds Used Books website, and then use their phone to scan the barcode numbers found on textbooks. The app will then display the export price for the book.

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FEDERATION OF STUDENTS LAUNCHES NEW SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS INITIATIVE

Posted on September 18th, 2013

This fall, the Federation of Students is launching the Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) service to help undergraduates make an impact at the University of Waterloo. Previously named the uWaterloo Sustainability Project, the service will provide undergraduates with a plethora of opportunities to inform their peers and the community about the importance of being environmentally friendly. From related advocacy initiatives to events, there will be something for everyone.

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